“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God.” -John 1:1
Here at Youth For America, we’re big on words. Words are the way in which ideas, truths, propositions, feelings, and beliefs are presented and understood. There is even an entire section of our basic leadership training dedicated solely to speech. If you’ve been following us for long, you’ve surely heard us talk about words. But today, we’d like to focus on the Word, which is far above anything that could come out of our mouths.
Typically, when people talk about the Word of God, they are talking about Scripture - the Bible. What do we know about the Word of God? 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” So we know that all of God’s Word (Scripture) comes from God. Though the bible was written by men, it is entirely the result of God’s divine inspiration. This Word is, therefore, profitable to us for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness because we know that it comes from God, and “Every word of God proves true.” (Proverbs 30:5a) Also, because the Word comes from God, it will last forever. “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” (Isaiah 40:8) So God’s word will always be relevant.
We, as humans, are created for God, and our inmost desires reflect our need for him. We connect to God through his Word and it satisfies our souls. “...man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 8:3b) Because of all this, we should “be doers of the word, and not hearers only.” (James 1:22a) In other words (no pun intended), we need to put into practice what God says in his Word.
Then Jesus comes into the picture.
John 1:1 says this about Jesus: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God.” Because Jesus is such a perfect representation of who God is, Jesus is, himself, the very Word of God. Jesus’ being speaks truth about God’s nature. If Jesus is the culmination of God’s Word, then we can conclude that being like Jesus is being a “doer of the word.”
Let’s summarize. All Scripture is God’s Word. God’s Word is perfect, so we can use it to teach, reprove, correct, and train in righteousness. God’s Word lasts forever, so it will always be relevant to us. We were created with a desire and a need for God, whom we experience through his Word. Since God’s Word is so important and we need it for our fulfillment, we should strive to do God’s Word instead of just hearing it and letting it go right through our ears. Jesus is the perfect truth about God, so we consider him to be God’s Word. So, lastly, being like Jesus is being a “doer of the word.”
Go out and be doers of the Word! Be like Jesus and see lives changed as you speak this life-giving Word! It’s what we’re called to do, and it’s what will ultimately satisfy the desires of your soul. Word?